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Yorkshire Coast Gigs are delighted to announce the first round of artists due to headline internationally renowned arts festival Musicport 2016, held from 21st - 23rd October at the Whitby Pavilion.

With over twenty world-class acts on the roster so far, this year's offerings are shaping up to be a menagerie of musical, theatrical and dance-based delights; with reputed "world's oldest girlband" Mahotella Queens holding the coveted Saturday night headline slot and 2012 Olympics-commissioned poet Lemn Sissay MBE also set to appear.

Formed in 1964 in their native South Africa, female collective Mahotella Queens (formed of Hilda Tloubatla, Nobesuthu Mbadu and Mildred Mangxola) are continuing the legacy which has inspired so many of their followers. Selling out shows worldwide for over 50 years, the talented trio's songs draw on rural Zulu music; featuring three-part harmonies and a guitar-driven sound. In the words of band member Hilda Tloubatla, what makes them seem so effortlessly talented is their many years of happy musical collaboration: "We've got the spirit of true musicians... it's in us... we've been together for a long time, hence we know exactly what to do!" 

Poet-playwright, author and foster child Lemn Sissay MBE is a spoken word force to be reckoned with. As the first poet to be commissioned for the 2012 Olympics, official poet for the FA Cup Final, and associate artist at the Southbank Centre, as well as recently elected Chancellor of Manchester University, Sissay boasts an impressive CV and a poignant wordplay repertoire. He follows in the footsteps of many other poets who have previously appeared at Musicport; including Linton Kwesi Johnson, Zena Edwards, Labi Siffre, Dr John Cooper Clarke and Jack Mapanje.

Other acts set to feature on the line-up include: The Magic Numbers / Lynched (Ireland) / Soupsongs Live (The Songs of Robert Wyatt) / Kathryn Tickell & The Side / Sarah Jane Morris & Bloody Rain Band / Black Umfolosi (Zimbabwe) / Jamie Smith's Mabon (Wales) / Martin Taylor MBE / Don Letts / Maz O'Connor / Geff Berner (Canada) / Adam Ben Ezra (Israel) / Michael Messer's Mitra (UK/ India) / Rory McLeod and the Familiar Strangers / Quraishi (Afghanistan) / Himmerland (Denmark) / Martin Alvrado / Maia Barrouh (Japan / France) / Arstidir (Iceland) / Project 12 (UK/ India) with many more to be confirmed.

Established in 2000 to promote live music and music education in Whitby and the surrounding areas; proud recipient of FATEA's Indoor Festival of The Year award Musicport Festival is now in its 17th year. Touted as "international, inclusive and inspirational - a unique indoor festival of truly diverse music", over the years the festival has established itself as a prestigious event in the festival calendar; attracting an array of esteemed musicians and performance artists, including Eliza Carthy, Demon Barbers XL, Varldens Band, Courtney Pine, Talvin Singh, Richard Hawley, Hugh Masekela, Chumbawamba, Altan, Mory Kante, Osibisa, Kate & Anna McGarrigle and Los de Abajo, to name just a few.

This year's Musicport will be kicking off the North Yorkshire half term with a musically memorable bang; featuring an exciting variety of some of the finest local and international music, dance and comedy acts alongside an intimate community feel; welcoming Musicport newcomers and veterans alike. Offering all the feel of an outdoor summer festival whilst snugly tucked away under one roof, this one-of-a-kind festival poses a warm and wonderful experience, whatever the weather - even offering an indoor camping option; giving you the full festival experience without the muddy wellies! 

For tickets, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/musicport-festival-2016-tickets-18983879294

Full week £99/ £95 concessions

Junior full weekend (11-17 years) £50

Children under 11 go FREE

Fore more information visit www.musicportfestival.com